Apple’s Anti-Linux Patent Lawsuits Give Another Reason for Concern Over CPTN

Posted in Antitrust, Apple, GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Patents at 4:40 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Steve Jobs with patent
Original photo by Matt Buchanan; edited by Techrights

Summary: Proprietary software giants continue to use patents against freely-shareable software and regulatory agencies begin to react, acknowledging this anti-competitive problem

CPTN is a kind of cartel of proprietary software companies, unsurprisingly led by Microsoft. Three quarters of them have a recent, high-profile history of attacking FOSS projects using software patents and now they want Novell’s patents, too. Some of these patents may be UNIX-oriented.

We have no sympathy for Novell, which fuels Linux arch rivals. We have already alluded to the Apple lawsuit a couple of times (last time was this morning) and since Samsung pays Microsoft for Linux, we have not much sympathy for Samsung, either. Semi Accurate explains why “Apple suing Samsung is incredibly stupid”:

Apple (AAPL)suing Samsung over, well, who really cares anymore, is probably the dumbest thing that Apple could do. It could have more serious blowback than most pundits realize, including sinking the iGadgetmaker.

The situation goes something like this. Mobile phones are a brutally cutthroat business, with basically nothing to differentiate one company from another any more. There are only so many things you can do in a phone the size of a cigarette pack, and most of those have been done by someone or something in the past few years. Barring that, someone did it on a UNIX box in the 60′s, and there is a video out there to prove it. Nothing in computing is new.

Thanks to the best government money can buy, the US has a system of rather bogus software patent laws that allow things that any idiot would find blindingly obvious to be patented. Atari’s bitmap patents, Amazon’s ‘one click‘, and any of 73,000 Microsoft ‘innovations’ spring to mind. All these do is subvert the patent system in order to shut out competition, innovation, and anyone with pockets not deep enough to enrich a large legal firm. The system itself is broken and thoroughly gamed.


With that in mind, Big Fruit suing Samsung could be tantamount to suicide. All Samsung needs to do is suspend wafer starts for Apple and say, “See you in court Steve”. By the time it gets there, 2016 or so, will Apple be in business? How many months of no iAnything do you think it would take for Apple to dry up and blow away? Unlike graphics cards or memory, each ARM SoC is unique, needs a unique board, unique software, and has unique capabilities. The painful flip side of custom chips is that Apple can not make an iDevice with another part, period.

It sure seems like Linux-based platforms will dominate tablets (not just Android, maybe WebOS too) and the pathetic Apple lawsuits help validate this because we saw the very same thing happening in phones just before Android outpaced hypePhone in the United States. Lawsuits like this one are a last resort, they are a sign of desperation.

We previously explained Apple’s role in funding the world’s biggest patent troll (IV) and also its role in CPTN. Nasty stuff. See posts such as:

According to this important new announcement, regulatory bodies help in crippling the CPTN provisions, owing to complaints from the FSF and OSI (and maybe the FSFE too). In the interests of brevity, we are putting some responses of interest at the bottom of this post. From the announcement:

The Department of Justice announced today that in order to proceed with the first phase of their acquisition of certain patents and patent applications from Novell Inc ., CPTN Holdings LLC and its owners have altered their original agreements to address the department’s antitrust concerns. The department said that, as originally proposed, the deal would jeopardize the ability of open source software, such as Linux, to continue to innovate and compete in the development and distribution of server, desktop, and mobile operating systems, middleware, and virtualization products. Although the department will allow the transaction to proceed, it will continue investigating the distribution of the Novell patent to the CPTN owners.

How foolish must David Meyer feel right now, having paid attention to Microsoft Florian and published the headline “Novell patent sale clears US regulatory hurdle” some days ago in ZDNet UK. As Groklaw put it in response to these mobbyists, “I can’t resist. To my fellow journalists: did what Florian Mueller wrote about this turn out to be accurate?” His lobbying algorithm is flawed, the EPO should issue a refund immediately.

Microsoft Florian keeps ridiculing OIN this week (opposite of Groklaw, as usual). And also new from Groklaw: “Open Invention Network Takes on Mass – Facebook and HP Join”

The news today is that Facebook and HP have joinded Open Invention Network. In addition, Google is moving up from licensee to join Canonical as associate member, the second highest level.

What can the Open Invention Network (OIN) do to help against patent trolls? Groklaw ought to have some answers to these questions, especially with relevance to Microsoft and proxies such as SCO. In light of some additional text from the i4i vs Microsoft case, Groklaw is an important community site for the defence of Free software. Can anybody help us get those PACER-delivered court documents that Groklaw routinely obtains and HTML-ifies? What will the community do when Groklaw stops posting new articles? Upon closer inspection, its opponents usually turn out to also be opponent of the FSF and software freedom in general. the same goes for FFII opponents and many of our own opponents/hecklers.

The FFII’s mailing list has a new message about “Defensive patenting event [such as OIN] in Stanford”, quoting:


Stanford Law School, Room 280B
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA, 94305
United States
Name of Speaker:
Jason Schultz and Jennifer Urban
Title of Event:
A Defensive Patent License Proposal

In other news about patents, it sure seems like people try to patent (or are already patenting) every little thing [1, 2] as this new example illustrates:

India has put in place a unique “global bio-piracy watch system” through which, whenever somebody files a patent application in any of the seven largest patent offices in the world, scientists sitting in India immediately get to know about it following which the application is checked “for prior knowledge”.

Who needs this garbage detection? Why assume this system which favours monopolisation is favourable in the first place? Even the Department of Justice is gradually realising that patents are used by cartels and need to be stopped/disarmed.

Assorted responses to the CPTN decision:

The H: Department of Justice says Novell and CPTN must change patent deal

The Novell/CPTN deal was part of the agreement created in November to allow Attachmate to acquire Novell; before the $2.2 billion acquisition went ahead, Novell was to sell 882 patents to CPTN, a holding company owned equally by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and EMC, which would then allocate and distribute those patents between the CPTN owners. In January, the Open Source Initiative and the Free Software Foundation jointly asked the DoJ to intervene in the deal saying that the confidential negotiations taking place could “be used to hide nefarious intentions”. The OSI had also written to the German Federal Cartel Office in December.

The DoJ, working closely with Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, appears to have agreed with the OSI and FSF’s view of the deal, and is requiring major changes. Most importantly for open source developers, the agreement now says that all of the Novell patents will be “acquired subject to the GNU General Public License, Version 2, a widely adopted open-source license, and the Open Invention Network (OIN) License, a significant license for the Linux system”. The announcement does not specify how these licences, especially the GPLv2 software licence, will apply to the patents. There would also be limits on CPTN, and it’s owners, from limiting which patents are included in the GPLv2 and OIN licensing process or influencing the process.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Microsoft gets Novell’s Patents rights but must share them with Open-Source Software

Well, this is almost certainly not the Novell patent deal that Microsoft and its CPTN Holding Partners-Apple, EMC and Oracle-wanted . The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) announced today, April 20th, that in order to proceed with the first phase of their acquisition of certain patents and patent applications from Novell, CPTN Holdings has altered their original agreements to address the department’s antitrust concerns. In particular, “The department said that, as originally proposed, the deal would jeopardize the ability of open source software, such as Linux, to continue to innovate and compete in the development and distribution of server, desktop, and mobile operating systems, middleware, and virtualization products. Although the department will allow the transaction to proceed, it will continue investigating the distribution of the Novell patent to the CPTN owners.”

Andy Updegrove (from the above): “This is a rather breath-taking announcement from a number of perspectives. Among others, the granularity of the restrictions imposed demonstrates a level of understanding of open source software in general, and Linux in particular, that has not been demonstrated by regulators in the past. It also demonstrates a very different attitude on the part of both the U.S. and German regulators, on the one hand, and Microsoft, on the other, from what we saw the last time that Microsoft was under the microscope. In the past, Microsoft was more disposed to fight than negotiate, and the U.S. and the European Commission were far apart in their attitudes. This announcement conclusively places open-source software on the U.S. regulatory map.”

Simon Phipps: Open Source Critical To Competition

News just broke jointly from the US Department of Justice and the German Federal Cartel Office that they have directed CPTN to change the way they acquire Novell’s software patents so that the open source community is protected.

This is landmark news for the software freedom community. The Open Source Initiative (where I am a director) and the Free Software Foundation both submitted opinions to the DoJ. Both agreed that the acquisition of Novell’s patent portfolio by a consortium comprising Apple, EMC, Microsoft and Oracle presented a threat to the ability of open source software to promote strong competitive markets. It seems the DoJ and FCO agreed with them.

To me, this establishes:

* Open source is a crucial market force, ensuring strong competition, and as such deserves regulatory recognition and protection;
* Software patents pose an anti-competitive threat that deserves regulatory recognition and action;
* OSI-approved licenses form a suitable basis for regulatory remedies;
* The collective action of the software freedom community – represented here by OSI, FSF and FSFE – can have an important effect.

Carlo Piana: via Identi.ca

Kudos to OSI and !FSFE for pursuing the #CPTN matter on the two sides of the pond. Seems quite an achievement for #antitrust #swpats

Links 20/4/2011: Fedora 15 Beta, Linux 2.6.39 RC4, Igalia Joins Linux Foundation

Posted in News Roundup at 3:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNOME bluefish



  • Future Timeline

    GNU/Linux becomes dominant OS

  • Server

  • Ballnux

    • Samsung will build a 2GHz dual core smartphone

      KOREAN ELECTRONICS GIANT Samsung will build a smartphone with a 2GHz dual core processor by the end of the year.

      Speaking to the Korean website daum.net, a spokesperson for Samsung said, “We are planning to release a 2GHz dual core CPU-equipped smartphone by next year.” This is an improvement of 800MHz on the 1.2GHz dual core processor that’s found in the Galaxy S II smartphone, which is currently the fastest chip in a phone.

    • Echo is Android phone with intriguing tablet twist, says review

      Sprint’s Kyocera Echo smartphone is a unique Android 2.2 gadget that converts from a standard smartphone to a 4.7-inch tablet formed from dual 3.5-inch displays. If the abysmal battery life doesn’t faze you, the Echo is an enjoyable phone that may give you all the tablet you really need, says this eWEEK review.

  • Kernel Space

    • Linaro Aims To Unify Linux Memory Management

      Last month I noted some of the problems facing embedded Linux on ARM SoCs in terms of graphics drivers with regard to the variety of memory management APIs available (for graphics there’s primarily TTM and GEM within the kernel but also there’s other options: HWMEM, UMP, CMA, VCM, CMEM, and PMEM). There’s also other graphics driver problems in the ARM world, but the Linaro group has announced they’ve taken up the issue of embedded Linux memory management for graphics and other areas. They’re forming a working group to hopefully work towards resolving this issue for their next six-month development cycle.

    • Linux-based sensor gateway gets database support

      Libelium announced an updated version of its Debian Linux-based multi-protocol mesh router and sensor network gateway, now including dual database servers. The Meshlium Xtreme includes Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and GPRS, offers local or external database options, and enables the transmission of SMS alarms to GSM-enabled mobile phones, says the company.

    • Test Driving The QEMU-KVM KMS Driver

      Just hours ago a new Linux KMS driver entered the world for the Cirrus GPU.

    • Linux 2.6.39-rc4

      So things have sadly not continued to calm down even further. We had more commits in -rc4 than we had in -rc3, and I sincerely hope that
      upward trend doesn’t continue.

    • Igalia Joins Linux Foundation

      The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Igalia is its newest member.

      Igalia is an open source development company that offers consultancy services for desktop, mobile and web technologies. Igalia developers maintain and contribute code to a variety of open source projects, including GNOME, WebKit, MeeGo, the Linux kernel, freedesktop.org, Gstreamer and Qt. Igalia has experience helping other companies contribute to upstream projects and take advantage of the open source development process.

    • Graphics Stack

      • AMD Open-Sources Tapper

        AMD has announced today they have open-sourced Tapper from their Operating System Research Center.

        What is Tapper? It’s basically their version of the Phoronix Test Suite and Phoromatic. “Tapper is an open source infrastructure originating at AMD for all aspects of testing including Operating Systems and Virtualization. Its goal is to help QA departments to maintain a complete test life cycle from planning to execution and reporting. It provides independent modules to adapt to different levels of QA requirements, from simple tracking and presenting test results to complete automation of machine pools multiplexing complex virtualization use-cases with detailed data evaluation.”

  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments

    • Cairo Dock 2.3.0 Released With New Applets, Better Compiz And Kwin Integration

      Cairo Dock (also known as GLX Dock) is a launcher / task manager like Avant Window Navigator or Docky and its major advantage is the huge list of applets it comes with: menus (MintMenu, Cardapio, etc.), Drop to Share applet, Ubuntu Me Menu and Messaging Menu applets, keyboard indicator, netspeed, network monitor, notification area, power manager, stacks, terminal, weather, weblets, system monitor and many many more. Also, unlike other docks, Cairo Dock also comes with stand-alone applets meaning the applets don’t have to be attached to the dock and you can use them like Screenlets / Desklets.

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC)

      • Desktop Summit T-shirt Design Competition

        The T-shirt Design Competition for the Desktop Summit has just opened. We are looking for designs that go beyond your typical conference shirt which finds its final resting place in the closet or drawer once you have returned home. The winning design should reflect the passion and energy of the Free Desktop communities that The Desktop Summit represents.

      • Why Blur Does Not Work in Kubuntu Natty With Intel

        Over the last week we received quite some complaints about blur not working after an upgrade to the latest beta of Kubuntu Natty. So far we could not make anything out of it. All users had already been using Plasma Workspaces 4.6.2 in Maverick and were often using the Xorg Edgers drivers. So you would assume that they had more or less the same software versions like before the upgrade.

    • GNOME Desktop

      • GNOME Shell Atolm – Another Beautiful GNOME Shell Theme By Half-left

        Half-left (who has created the amazing Smooth Inset Gnome Shell theme) has created yet another beautiful theme for Gnome Shell called Atolm (based on Atolm by SkiesOfAzel).

      • Taking my release manager hat off

        Back in June 2005, I noticed that we were lacking some “tarballs due” mails for the GNOME 2.11 release cycle and I sent a small mail to get this fixed. This is how I got trapped: after this mail got read by Mark McLoughlin, he suggested I could replace him on the GNOME release team. A few years later, in September 2007, Elijah chose to pass his GNOME release manager hat to me. And now, in April 2011, it’s time for me to pass the baton: Luca Ferretti is replacing me on the release team (he joined as a trainee in the past few months), and my good friend Frédéric Péters becomes the new GNOME release manager.

      • Seven Alternatives to GNOME 3

        KDE 4 and Trinity KDE

        Traditionally, KDE has been the first choice for those who are looking for an alternative to GNOME. That remains broadly true, but the KDE 4 release series has a set of innovations that, if anything, are even more radical than GNOME 3′s, including such things as containments (shells for a workspace) and Folder Views (collections of icons that can be swapped in and out).

        By setting a Folder View to cover the entire screen, you get a desktop experience very similar to that of the GNOME 2 series. However, I suspect that anyone impatient with GNOME 3 is unlikely to satisfied with the latest KDE.

  • Distributions

    • Reviews

      • Pardus Kurumsal on the ARTiGO A1100

        Pardus Kurumsal 2 was a rather interesting respin of a great distribution. I decided I would give it a try on the VIA ARTiGO A1100. Overall, it’s a great experience. If you own an ARTiGO, this would be a distribution to try on it.

      • Find Your chakra Linux 2011.04 | With screenshots Tour

        Phil Miller proudly announced the last milestone for Chakra the GNU/2011.04 a powerful Arch Linux distro last week. The Chakra Project, today, remains a milestone for Arch Linux and is as important as Ubuntu has become for Debian. It was born out of need for an Arch Linux distribution but with simple project principles combing the

      • LDR 1.06 Screenshots
    • New Releases

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandrake/Mandriva Family

      • Mandriva 2011 beta2

        Despite the last-minute problems discovered last week which resulted in a 1-week delay, Mandriva 2011 beta2 should finally be hitting the mirrors in some hours. Make sure to check the devel/iso/2011 directory on your favorite mirror for the latest .iso images.


        Besides the UI and KDE changes, Mandriva 2011 beta2 features LibreOffice 3.3.0, and comes with the latest kernel, systemd 24, gcc 4.6.0, besides smaller package versions updates.

    • Red Hat Family

      • Fedora

        • Announcing the release of Fedora 15 Beta!!
        • Beta version of Fedora 15 includes GNOME 3 and systemd

          The Fedora Project has made the first and only beta of Fedora 15 available for download. This should signal the end to major changes for the Linux distribution, which is scheduled for release in late May. The focus is now on rounding off any rough edges and bug fixing.

          Fedora 15 will be the first major Linux distribution to include GNOME 3, which was released two weeks ago. Fedora 15 will not include GNOME 2; the KDE Plasma Desktop will be a member of the 4.6 series. The Fedora Project has also undertaken a major behind the scenes change, so that Fedora 15 will see a switch from Upstart to the sysvinit and Upstart alternative systemd, which was first introduced just under a year ago. The kernel in the beta is based on Linux version 2.6.38. LibreOffice will fill the office suite shoes and the C and C++-Compiler will be the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 4.6.

        • Fedora Needs Your Help Testing GNOME 3.0

          With Canonical ditching the GNOME 3.0 Shell in favor of their custom-developed Unity Desktop, one of the first Linux distributions where you’ll see GNOME 3.0 shipping in full “out of the box” is Fedora 15. Fedora 15 is set to be released at the end of May, but a beta release happens to be coming out today. Additionally, this Thursday they’re looking for your help in testing out GNOME 3.0.


          The Fedora developers are particularly interested if you use multiple displays, many storage devices, optical media, WiFi/Bluetooth adapters, and various other non-standard configurations.

        • Test Day:2011-04-21 GNOME3 Final
    • Debian Family

      • Status update of GNOME 3 in Debian experimental

        But first let me reiterate this: GNOME 3 is in Debian experimental because it’s a work in progress. You should not install it if you can’t live with problems and glitches. Beware: once you upgraded to GNOME 3 it will be next to impossible to go back to GNOME 2.32 (you can try it, but it’s not officially supported by Debian). Even with the fallback mode, you won’t get the same experience than what you had with GNOME 2.32. Many applets are not yet ported to the newest gnome-panel API.

      • Debian Project News – April 18th, 2011

        Welcome to this year’s sixth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include…


        Neil McGovern sent some bits from the Release Team calling for feedback on the recent release. He also addresses various subjects that are currently under discussion: time-based freezes, transitions, release goals, sprint organisation and 0-day NMU policy.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu

        • No Ubuntu Default Extras Install

          The Ubuntu Technical Board has voted not to install the non-free extras package by default during a standard Ubuntu Install. This an option that, if selected, installs proprietary software including hardware drivers, media codecs and the Flash player. It has been opt-in rather than opt out since its first appearance.

          When considering the issue, bear in mind that the fact that many proprietary technologies “just work” is often cited as a superiority of distributions such as Mint. Also bear in mind that Ubuntu targets the “typical desktop user” who needs things like DVD and YouTube playback. However, it’s arguable that a user who is sufficiently clued up to carry out an operating system install would be able to decide if he or she needed to tick the box.

        • Ubuntu 11.04: Can Canonical Propel Partners Into the Cloud?

          Also of note: Canonical VP Neil Levine in March 2011 provided some deeper perspectives on where Ubuntu was heading in the cloud. Now here’s the twist: Assuming Ubuntu 11.04′s software works as advertised, Canonical should be well-positioned for cloud computing. But the real challenge for Canonical resides in the company’s channel partner and service provider relationships. Generally speaking, Ubuntu is widely used within cloud environments. Rackspace sources, for instance, tell me Ubuntu is among the most widely deployed operating systems in the Rackspace Cloud.

        • Thoughts on the Unity Desktop

          Ubuntu’s 11.04 release is now on the horizon and unless you have been living under a rock then you know that their big change is going to be the move to the Unity desktop. Personally I found this move to be odd when I first heard it, I mean after all it was Ubuntu that allowed the Gnome desktop to initially take off and beat out the KDE desktop. There have been piles of different articles about Unity, so I’m not going to bore you with the same details you can find lots of other places.

        • Flavours and Variants

          • 9 Steps To Happiness in Linux Mint XFCE

            This is a nice system. I would say it is best then any other Mint system I’ve ever seen before. It is not overloaded with Mint specifics like Mint menu. It is quick and responsive. It is easily customizable, although not all the options are obvious.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Phones

      • Nokia/MeeGo/Maemo

      • Android

        • Sony Ericsson still making money, to some surprise

          The explosion of Android handsets has kept Sony Ericsson in profit, to the surprise of the markets, which were expecting a significant loss for the first quarter of 2011.

        • Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Google’s Honeycomb blunder

          I don’t say this very often, but some days Google is stupid. Until recently, Google’s biggest blunder was Google Wave. But now Google has announced that it won’t release Android 3.0, the tablet version of its mobile operating system, until it has made it “better.”

          In a statement, Andy Rubin, head of Google’s Android group, said, “Android 3.0, Honeycomb, was designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes and improves on Android favorites. … While we’re excited to offer these new features to Android tablets, we have more work to do before we can deliver them to other device types, including phones.” In other words, Google will release the Honeycomb source code as soon as it’s ready. Just don’t ask when that will be.

        • What Does Google Owe FOSS?

          The delay in releasing the code has some mobile product developers worried that Google might recant and keep Honeycomb out of the open source inventory altogether. A more likely outcome could be a rift in the Android ranks. That scenario would see newer products running a restricted or closed source Android OS with better functionality than the existing open source Android devices.

          So far, Google has remained tight lipped about how it views its obligations to the FOSS community. This silence could raise more questions about what the company’s expectations are for a continued free access relationship with mobile device makers.

        • For paranoid Androids, Guardian Project offers smartphone security

          The Guardian Project is an open source initiative which aims to take advantage of Google’s Android operating system to bring smartphones the same sort of security and privacy that savvy users have come to expect from laptops and desktops. Featuring capabilities like full-disk encryption, secure instant messaging, and anonymous Web browsing, the project hopes to give people better control of their personal information on mobile devices.

        • Sonos adds Android app, Apple AirPlay

          Sonos today released several enhancements to its Linux-powered streaming audio player devices. The new capabilities, all delivered via free apps and software upgrades, include the first Android app for remote control of Sonos gear, new support for Apple AirPlay audio sources, and the introduction of iOS 4 multitasking capabilities into the remote control apps.

    • Tablets

      • Asus Eee Pad Transformer is sold out in the UK

        The Asus Eee Pad Transformer won the race to be the first tablet on sale in the UK to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb on 6 April. Asus has said that the initial batches of stock that were shipped to the UK are now entirely sold out.

      • 8 Android Tablets for 2011 to be Excited About

        Motorola Xoom is probably the first ‘real’ Android tablet to be released since it was the first to come pre loaded with tablet optimized Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. Motorola Xoom comes with a 10.1 inch display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, 3G/4G/Wi-Fi connectivity, 1080p video playback, dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 2 MP front facing camera, a rear facing 5 MP camera, 1GB RAM, and 32GB on board storage[SD card slot is a plus]. Amazon US price for Motorola Xoom hovers around $800.00(based on service type you select).

Free Software/Open Source

  • Shout out to Zoneminder Project

    For the first ten years of my open source life, I spent tens of thousands of hours pouring over hundreds of thousands of lines of source code across perhaps a dozen or fewer projects, mostly GCC, G++, GDB, and various other parts of the GNU toolchain. If there were a PhD in open source software, I was definitely specialist enough to have earned one. I was vaguely aware of the mountains of source code in the BSD distribution, and obviously Linux, but didn’t really pay much attention to that until I joined Red Hat.

  • Events

    • SELF pimping.

      Once again this year I’ll be traveling down to the Southeast Linux Fest for a weekend full of informative talks, social fun, and exceptional collaboration opportunities with fellow Linux geeks from around the region and the nation. SELF has been an enormous hit since its inaugural outing in 2009. I’ll be joined by fabulous people from across the Fedora friendsphere, and of course there will be lots of free goodies at the Fedora booth for everyone. I hear tell of a tasty grilling event that will honor our favorite meaty champion of free software, and I expect to catch up with wonderful friends from all around the open source world.

  • Web Browsers

  • SaaS

    • Groupon: The Latest Hot Company to Implement Hadoop/Cloudera for Big Data Tasks

      We’ve covered the open source Apache project Hadoop before from many angles, and it continues to make its way into many enterprises and smaller businesses who want to sift and analyze large data sets. We’ve also covered Cloudera, a startup that focuses on support and services surrounding Hadoop. Now, Cloudera has announced that Groupon–the hot daily deals site–is using its Cloudera Distribution for Apache Hadoop (CDH) to get more value out of the massive data sets it maintains. It’s yet another sign of Hadoop’s success as a cutting-edge, sophisticated open source phenomenon.

    • The future of cloud computing is the future for open source

      Given our most recent efforts to track open source software in the enterprise, it is relevant to note that we see a continued, symbiotic relationship between open source and cloud computing. In fact, in many ways, the future of open source depends on the future of cloud computing and vice-versa. One of the symbiotic relationships between open source software and cloud computing is also one of the main reasons I believe both will continue to be a big part of enterprise IT and a big opportunity for vendors and investors: customer enablement. The lessons, practices and community of today’s enterprise IT that have been ushered in by open source – more transparency on the plans for products and code, more flexibility in working with both legacy products and software as well as newer open components, add-ons and combinations, faster development and fewer dead ends via vendor death, acquisition or strategy shift — are being applied to cloud computing. We also see evidence of this customer enablement in the makeup of today’s communities, both open source and non, which include both developes and users/customers.

    • DevOps and PaaS, yes, but now No-Ops?
  • Oracle/Java/LibreOffice

    • Changed behavior of AutoFill when there are filtered rows

      OOo 3.4 Beta includes a much-requested change to the way AutoFill works if there are filtered rows. The new behavior, based on a patch from the IBM Symphony team, is illustrated by the following three screenshots…

    • Oracle is not to blame for Sun’s open source failings

      Oracle announced on Friday that it is to discontinue its commercial interest in the OpenOffice.org project, prompting a barrage of criticism from the open source faithful with regards to its approach to the open source applications project, and community in general.

      The company was accused of being community-hostile, for example, and comparisons were also made to Colonel Gadhafi, while a translation of the press release into “plain English” apparently shed new light on the announcement.

    • Oracle’s OpenOffice Move May Be Too Little, Too Late

      Either way, the question now appears to be who, if anyone, will really want to pick up OpenOffice and continue working on it at this stage in the game.

      Now that the community has fairly unanimously moved on to LibreOffice, in other words, Oracle’s move could well be too little, too late for the software suite. In a conversation this morning, for instance, Canonical spokesman Gerry Carr told me that, while OpenOffice is still available through its repositories, Ubuntu will continue to offer LibreOffice by default for the foreseeable future.

      So, while it may be nice to see Oracle turn the software over to the community–whatever its motivations–it’s going to be interesting to see where it goes from here. Now that we have LibreOffice, I’m just not sure there’s a place for OpenOffice anymore.

  • Education

    • Educating with free software

      Frederic Muller, president of Software Freedom International, was flaunting two things at the Gnome Asia Summit in Bangalore — his passion for free software, and his newly acquired beard. We try to capture both in this interview. Frederic has lots of hands-on experience of promoting free software in education and offers wonderful advice for others who want to do the same.

  • Healthcare

    • Are Seniors Paying Attention to Paul Ryan’s Medicare Plan?

      Tea Party members who railed against health care reform because of the spin they were sold about how “Obamacare” would affect Medicare played a big role in returning the House of Representatives to Republican control.

      I’m betting that many of them, if they’re paying attention to what Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) wants to do to the Medicare program, are having some serious buyer’s remorse. If Democrats are wise, they’re already drafting a strategy to remind Medicare beneficiaries, including card-carrying Tea Party members, just how fooled they were into thinking that Republicans were the protectors of the government-run program they hold so dear.

    • Soda Companies vs. Soda Taxes: Breathtaking Creativity
  • Business

  • BSD


  • Government

    • ES: Asturias region adopts open source technology for local government

      The enterprise portal technology product that CAST has used for this project combines the benefits of Open Source software with guaranteed support services, which offers greater assurances. These services are currently being offered by the company’s engineering team in Spain.

    • DE: Parliamentarians ask government to support free software

      The German political party Alliance ’90/The Green wants the Federal government to do more to support the use of free software. The parliamentariens disapprove that the ministry of Foreign Affairs is moving back to proprietary desktop software and proprietary office applications.

      The party sent a list of 39 questions to the government. Some of their questions are general, the MPs for instance are asking for the Federal policies on open source, open standards and vendor-independence. Yet they also want specified the estimated costs involved in developing open source drivers for specific hardware use by the Foreign ministry, and want to know in detail the costs involved in writing proprietary modules for fingerprint readers used by that ministry.

    • DK: Political agreement reached on Open standards

      Since 1 April 2011, there have been no mandatory requirements for the format in which public authorities shall provide editable documents.

      This is the conclusion of a meeting between Danish Science Minister Ms. Charlotte Sahl-Madsen and the Danish Parliament’s spokesperson for IT on 30 March 2011.

  • Openness/Sharing

    • ThingSpeak: Open Source Platform for Connected Products and Services

      ioBridge, Inc. (http://www.iobridge.com) releases ThingSpeak, the first open source solution for “Internet of Things” products and services. Much like WordPress allows people to create blogs easily, ThingSpeak (http://www.thingspeak.com) allows developers to interact with devices using standard Web technologies. ThingSpeak can be run via its free hosted service or on personal servers.

  • Programming

  • Standards/Consortia

    • Electric car makers fight over plug standard

      A tussle between different designs of plugs used in prototype electric cars has derailed an attempt to create a common European standard, highlighting industrial jealousy as the sector attempts to go mainstream.


  • Defence/Police/Aggression

  • Environment/Energy/Wildlife

    • Boost Aquaculture, But at What Cost?

      In keeping with this pro-business tone, NOAA’s draft policy fails to acknowledge that the marine environment is a public commons that should be managed and regulated for the overall public good. The policies don’t mention that aquaculture should not restrict public access to the oceans, or a require that aquaculture businesses submit an Environmental Impact Statement prior to obtaining an aquaculture permit. The policy fails to define or describe what constitutes “sustainable” aquaculture — a term now so overused that it has lost clear meaning in many contexts. In fact, the draft policies assume all aquaculture will be of benefit regardless of the circumstances, and doesn’t acknowledge any responsibility to assure that aquaculture products — including genetically-engineered seafood — don’t pose a threat to human health.

    • Portland and Energy Transition

      Portland, Oregon is now far enough along in its transition away from oil that by 2015 one can imagine this city being able to market and sell its own example to the rest of the world. Most of Portland’s longstanding initiatives, from public transport and the integration of the bicycle, to city agriculture, water and waste management, and use of technology are solutions that will be seen not as discretionary but necessary by mid-decade.

    • Fish worth £4m seized in EU crackdown on illegal fishing

      European authorities have impounded 5m portions of fish destined for tables across the continent following allegations they were caught by illegal “pirate fishing” off west Africa using child labour.

      The block on catches of octopus, squid, sole, shrimp and grouper landed in the Spanish port of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands represents the biggest action yet against the landing of illegally caught fish in the European Union following the introduction of new Brussels regulations last year that ban the practice.

  • Finance

    • NAB eyes Goldman lawsuit

      NATIONAL Australia Bank is believed to be considering legal action against its one-time house broker Goldman Sachs after a US Senate report found the bank was apparently misled when it was sold an exotic security that quickly turned toxic.

      Senior NAB executives yesterday were reviewing the bank’s legal position following a wave of revelations contained in a report on the financial crisis by the US Senate that draws on internal documents and private communications of bank executives and regulators.

    • Who Would Miss Goldman Sachs If It Weren’t Around?

      It makes my blood boil when I read an opinion article like the one Robert Lenzner (Streettalk, Forbes) wrote entitled, “There Can’t Be A Criminal Prosecution Of Goldman Sachs.” Oh, yes, there can be; there just isn’t the will to follow the rule of law and prosecute where corruption occurs. To my mind, it is corrupt not to prosecute.

      According to Mr Lenzner, a criminal prosecution of Goldman Sachs would threaten Goldman Sachs’s status as a dealer in government securities. To which I reply, GSs’s status already threatens the work of the government, and in the future that may include securities. We still do not know what the end will look like.

    • The Derivative Project – Change is Up to You

      The Derivative Project is a non-partisan taxpayer advocacy organization that seeks to ensure the long-term growth and stability of the U.S. economy through equitable enforcement, for both individuals and corporations, of financial laws and regulations.

    • Few Heard at WI Budget “Hearing” in Milwaukee, but School Choice Advocate Denounces Walker’s Subsidy for Rich

      At Monday’s public hearing in Milwaukee on Governor Walker’s budget, Wisconsin Republicans once again resorted to anti-participatory tactics to avoid criticism of their far-right agenda. Despite these efforts, strong criticisms were squeezed-in by longtime Milwaukee school choice advocate Howard Fuller, calling GOP efforts to lift income limits on school vouchers an “outrageous” program “that subsidizes rich people.”

    • WHOOPS: AP Falls For Hoax Press Release Saying That GE Will Repay Government $3.8 Billion Tax Break

      The AP just fell for a hoax press release, which claimed that GE would repay the government the $3.8 billion tax loss carryforward it received. The hoax was designed to correspond with last month’s controversy originated by the New York Times about how GE, despite its huge profits, was paying no taxes.

    • Taxpayers Demand Chase Bank Pay its Fair Share

      At a rally held in front of Chase Bank on Capitol Square in Madison, Wisconsin today, a few dozen people gathered to air their grievances against Chase and other U.S. corporations who will pay no taxes for 2010. Jeff Kravat of MoveOn hosted the rally along with Gene Lundergan, who gathered a group of four or five people to present a tax bill of almost $2 billion to the branch bank manager. This bill, for $1.988 billion, was drawn up using Chase’s 2010 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and a December 2008 U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report (pdf). When Lundergan, Steve Hughes of Young Progressives and several others approached the front entrance of the bank, they were refused admission by the security guard, so they left the bill propped in the front window.

  • PR/AstroTurf/Lobbying

    • Sally Brown and BioCycle Magazine, Supporters of Growing Food in Sewage Sludge, Call Organic Food Advocates “Ecoterrorists”

      Leading organic gardening and food safety advocates who oppose growing food in sewage sludge are attending the national BioCycle magazine conference Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in San Diego to demand an apology and retraction from Sally Brown, a columnist and editorial board member of BioCycle magazine, and from Nora Goldstein, the executive editor of BioCycle.

    • Koch-Fueled Controversy Lands in Washington

      On April 14 the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Darrell Issa (R-California), held a hearing on state and municipal debt where the key question was State Budget Cuts: Choice or Necessity?

      Chairman Issa started off by framing the issue in a manner that was thrilling to Wall Street barons and corporate big wigs. He said that states will face a shortfall of $112 billion in 2012 and the reasons for this were “obvious.” The primary reasons, according to Issa, are reckless spending and unfunded or underfunded pension funds. The 2008 Wall Street financial crisis and the staggering job loss, which caused state and federal tax revenues to tank, were not mentioned.

    • Walker’s Illegal Campaign Contributor is Verified “Sugar Daddy”
    • Sarah Palin: The Koch Brother’s Union Maid
    • Don’t “Misunderestimate” Wisconsin

      Sarah Palin graced Wisconsin with her maverickness on a cold, wet Saturday where counter-protesters outnumbered Tea Party supporters. Wisconsin Wave held an early rally on the opposite side of the capitol, giving progressives a platform for the day but ending in time for attendees to march in opposition to Palin’s speech.

  • Censorship

    • Free Speech for Terry Jones!

      Terry Jones, the crackpot Christian cultist with the Lemmy Kilmister mustache, was “hateful” and “intolerant” when he burned the Muslim holy book last month, said Gen. David Petraeus, commander of American forces in Afghanistan. Mark Sedwill, NATO’s ambassador to Afghanistan, denounced Jones’s stunt as “an act of disrespect to the Muslim faith and to all peoples of faith.” Faced with crowds of braying and baying religious fanatics, it’s doubtless true that countless soldiers and diplomats feel the same.

  • Privacy

    • “At Dropbox, Even We Can’t See Your Dat– Er, Nevermind” [Update]

      Dropbox, the online backup and file sharing service claims to have hit 25 million users in a single year. Big news for any start-up. A change in its terms and conditions received a lot less attention because it seemed like adding a common term for online services.

    • iPhone keeps record of everywhere you go

      Security researchers have discovered that Apple’s iPhone keeps track of where you go – and saves every detail of it to a secret file on the device which is then copied to the owner’s computer when the two are synchronised.

      The file contains the latitude and longitude of the phone’s recorded coordinates along with a timestamp, meaning that anyone who stole the phone or the computer could discover details about the owner’s movements using a simple program.

  • Civil Rights

    • Internet Freedom Threatened By New Restrictions

      Freedom on the worldwide Internet is in danger, according to a new report by Freedom House.

      In a survey of 37 countries, only 8 qualified as having completely “Free” Internets, while 11 were designated “Not Free” and the remainder were “Partly Free.” The survey measured Internet freedom by studying obstacles to access, such as governmental efforts to block technologies or control over Internet access providers, limits on content, including the blocking of websites and other forms of censorship, as well as violations of user rights including privacy, online surveillance and real world repercussions for online activity. The U.S. scored second on the list as ranked by most to least free, with Estonia taking the lead as the nation where the Internet was most free. Germany, Australia and the UK were ranked just behind the U.S.

    • The Nanny State Can’t Last

      Last week, Congress and the administration refused to seriously consider the problem of government spending. Despite the fear-mongering, a government shutdown would not have been as bad as claimed.

      It is encouraging that some in Washington seem to be insisting on reduced spending, which is definitely a step in the right direction, but only one step. We have miles to go before we can even come close to a solution, and it will involve completely redefining the role of government in our lives and on the world stage. A compromise was struck at the last minute, but until Democrats agree to rein in entitlement spending, and Republicans back off the blank checks to the military industrial complex, it all amounts to political gamesmanship.

    • TSA security looks at people who complain about … TSA security

      Don’t like the way airport screeners are doing their job? You might not want to complain too much while standing in line.

      Arrogant complaining about airport security is one indicator Transportation Security Administration officers consider when looking for possible criminals and terrorists, CNN has learned exclusively. And, when combined with other behavioral indicators, it could result in a traveler facing additional scrutiny.

  • Internet/Net Neutrality/UBB

    • Digital Agenda: Commission underlines commitment to ensure open internet principles applied in practice

      The need to ensure that citizens and businesses are easily able to access an open and neutral internet has been underlined by the European Commission in a report adopted today. The Commission will be vigilant that new EU telecoms rules on transparency, quality of service and the ability to switch operator, due to enter into force on 25th May 2011, are applied in a way that ensures that these open and neutral internet principles are respected in practice. For example, the Commission will pay close attention to the existence of generalised restrictions of lawful services and applications and to EU citizens’ and businesses’ broadband connections being as fast as indicated by Internet Service Providers’ advertising. The Commission has asked the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) to undertake a rigorous fact-finding exercise on issues crucial to ensuring an open and neutral internet, including barriers to changing operators, blocking or throttling internet traffic (e.g. voice over internet services), transparency and quality of service. The Commission will publish, by the end of the year, evidence from BEREC’s investigation, including any instances of blocking or throttling certain types of traffic. If BEREC’s findings and other feedback indicate outstanding problems, the Commission will assess the need for more stringent measures.

    • Jimmy Wales: What should I put on the agenda at the upcoming e-G8?

      Bobbie Johnson at Gigaom worries: Is France Plotting to Kill the Free Internet?, and “can’t help be concerned at what the summit might mean, given it’s essentially a closed shop of governments and corporations discussing how best to carve up the online world for us.”

  • DRM

    • $10,000 to the EFF

      As promised, all left over legal defense money, plus a little to bump it to a nice number, has been sent to the EFF. Thank you all so much for your support, without it, things could have been much worse.

      This money goes to the EFF in hopes that America can one day again be a shining example of freedom, free of the DMCA and ACTA, and that private interest will never trump the ideas laid out in the constitution of privacy, ownership, and free speech.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Copyrights

      • Stop Copyright Extension Now

        Once again a move to extend copyright is making its way through the European Parliament. The move to extend the copyright on sound recordings (and other “neighbouring rights”) began in April 2009 when, under intense pressure from the music publishing lobby, the European Parliament agreed to increase the duration of this copyright from 50 years to 70 years (compromising on the Commission’s and lobbyists’ demand of 95 years). However, before this could be implemented, elections were called and a new Parliament was voted in, including one member from the Pirate movement. Now, nearly two years later, this process has been resurrected following a change of heart within the Danish government.

      • Copyright hurdle for fast internet

        New copyright law could hinder the uptake and use of ultra-fast broadband networks, says an international industry analyst.

        Ericsson’s director of government and industry relations, Rene Summer, said the enforcement of copyright does not encourage the growth of markets that will drive the demand for high-speed internet.

        “We have done three global studies [over the last four years] – the bottom line of it is that media regulation and copyright impact the prospect of take-up on new ultra-fast broadband services,” he said.

      • Brazil’s Copyright Reform – an update

        Last March 22 Brazil’s Ministry of Culture made public the “March 2011 Copyright Draft Bill” (PDF file, in Portuguese), an amended version of the 2010 Draft Bill, after it was sent by the former administration, i.e. in late 2010, to the Inter-Ministerial Group on Intellectual Property (GIPI, under the Portuguese acronym).

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While Helping Microsoft, Novell Harms Linux Companies and Instead Markets Proprietary

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Novell, Red Hat at 4:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Novell Tux

Summary: The company which impedes cloning of SLE* spreads resentment against Red Hat for addressing the clones dilemma; Novell also puts proprietary software before Free/libre and Open Source software

EARLIER this month we showed that Novell was gunning for Red Hat customers, not Microsoft customers. We wrote about statements from Novell’s Applebaum, which are further fuelled by a press release and timely copies that say: “Support program adds more platforms, lengthens server lifecycle support time to 10 years; final service pack for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 packages improvements and supports latest hardware” (also see notes about service pack 4 of SLED 10).

“When it comes to Open Source stuff like OpenSUSE, Novell just sticks it in some wiki somewhere, almost as though it’s something to be embarrassed of.”Novell is not targetting (to harm) Microsoft but targetting Red Hat instead. As Gareth Halfacree put it in his article “Novell reveals its tactics for taking on Red Hat”, there is veiled belittling that we never see from Novell against Microsoft (a Novell ally). Halfacree writes: “A blog post made by Novell late last month – accusing one of its largest competitors in the commercial Linux space, Red Hat, of deliberately obfuscating its code to hamper third-party support efforts – raised some eyebrows in the community, so we sat down with the post’s author, Michael Applebaum, to find out what’s what.” Guess which server distribution has many clones and which one has none? As we explained some years ago (a series of posts, e.g. this in 2007), Novell impedes access to SUSE source code, but do not let the FUDmeisters have such facts slap them on the face.

Novell never disrespects Microsoft like this. It chose a side and that side includes IE8 and promotion/videos about Windows. Posted by Novell accounts we find stuff like this and some other videos [1, 2] which make no mention of GNU/Linux. Ross from Novell started advertising videos about Vibe [1, 2, 3], which is proprietary software made out of Open Source software (Novell turns free into proprietary). Proprietary software is definitely something which Novell can put its weight behind, even with paid press releases and extremely shallow coverage [1, 2]. When it comes to Open Source stuff like OpenSUSE, Novell just sticks it in some wiki somewhere, almost as though it’s something to be embarrassed of. The same goes for Novell vulnerabilities, which one needs to pursue by reading non-Novell sites [1, 2].

Novell is a shameless parasite. People who support GNU/Linux should give their money to other companies.

Microsoft in the Future of Open Source Forum

Posted in Microsoft at 3:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Future of Open Source Forum

Summary: Microsoft and Co. sponsor another entity which shapes Open Source directions and policy

A reader has just passed us the E-mail above, which he claims to be evidence of Microsoft, Black Duck, and Olliance (now owned by Black Duck to run the Microsoft-sponsored Open Source think tank) sponsoring the “Future of Open Source Forum”. Sounds like another case of agenda-setting/pushing while analysts borrow a voice for a buck. Microsoft is still pushing software patents and patent litigation while doing all this PR work to deceive the public*. Here is Microsoft listed among the “2011 Survey Collaborators”.

In light of Microsoft’s lawsuits against FOSS, isn’t that just grand? Groklaw follows the i4i case closely and provides some links such as [1, 2, 3, 4]. Groklaw quotes this bit too:

“The current ‘clear and convincing evidence’ standard is actually harmful to innovation,” said Hungar, because companies are unable to use technology that has been improperly awarded patents, resulting in laying out licensing fees that should instead be spent on research and development.

Time to reboot the USPTO, right? But Microsoft needs the USPTO in order to extort Linux.
* Speaking of PR exercises, think tanks are a good example of means for generating PR disguised as respected opinions, e.g. Microsoft as the "most ethical" company. The Gates Foundation does a lot of this stuff, paying about a million dollars per day to newspapers and other media to paint a famous felon, Bill Gates, as an ethical hero. It’s all PR. Bill and his wife keep praising Coca Cola in public talks (they also invest in this abusive company which murders union organisers) and according to this new report, “Big Soda Uses Philanthropy to Silence Opposition, Neutralize Soda Taxes”. Just like the Gates Foundation, which is used to silence opposition to Microsoft and help Gates pay no tax (he gets exempted while taxing everyone else, e.g. PC buyers who are forced to pay for Windows).

Microsoft Promises Copycats of GNU/Linux Some Time in the Future and Apple Sues Linux Again

Posted in Apple, Intellectual Monopoly, Microsoft, Patents at 3:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have.”

Steve Jobs, Apple CEO

Summary: Microsoft is still in catch-up mode; Apple is increasingly entering litigation mode against Linux, just like Microsoft

HYPOCRISY reaches new levels when a company insists on copying GNU or Linux and then suing it for alleged “copying”. Apple now uses more than just patents, resorting to other forms of intellectual monopolies as though Apple actually invented tablets. Apple invented the over-pricing model and excelled at that, but that’s just all it ever did. Actually, even that is not Apple’s invention as Steve Jobs’ good friends at Oracle, for example, do the same thing (but not on the desktop).

People who overcome the reality distortion field would probably be aware that copying of ideas is usually based on platforms like GNU/Linux and Free software in general — the areas where all the talented developers tend to go and work freely, expanding creatively their own environment (KDE is an excellent example). As Microsoft is ramping up Vista 8 (Vista 7 sales are poor in business and Microsoft counts XP sales as “7″), it is clear that the whole thing is just more marketing, not more substantial features. It’s like Mojave or Vista 7 all over again, relying on PR departments, not engineering. “Microsoft will allow USB key installs of Windows 8″ says this headline, boasting imaginary (yet to be seen to be believed) features that have already existed in GNU/Linux for ages. Should “Linux” sue Microsoft for copying? If it had adopted Microsoft’s and Apple’s modus operandi, it would, wouldn’t it?

Sources of Endlessly-repeated Lies About GNU/Linux

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux at 2:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Net Applications

Summary: The “1% market share” myth and other commons lies that paint Microsoft as just a scapegoat and its critics as “haters”

A firm called Net Applications is being paid by Microsoft and Apple (which are clients or even more) to keep doing its thing, pushing all sorts of figures which do not represent reality in the global sense. As Pogson explains, there is verifiable evidence with which to debunk the claims, namely Apple’s sales figures:

The stats he quotes are bogus. They don’t get MacOS share close and we know them precisely because Apple states unit shipments in it filings with the SEC. 4.143 million Mac shipments per quarter. The world is shipping 90 million personal computers in a quarter. That comes to 4.6% while NetApplications claims 5.25%. Similarly Forbes claims M$ has only a 72% attach rate these days. That leaves 13% for GNU/Linux. If the desktop war is over why is M$ losing share?

Net Applications also used to claim ~10% for Mac OS X. This was halved overnight. This just shows what a joke these figures can be, but it never stops anti-GNU/Linux trolls from pretending that the free operating systems hover around 1% market share. Take for example Internet trolls who go by a name like “hairyfeet”, who is promoting Mono in Slashdot and also posting venomous comments that are consistency hostile towards FOSS. As Pogson explains and shows that this troll is now smearing Groklaw and Techrights too:

One place on the web where my comments on things IT are published is Katherine Noyes, “Linux Blog Safari“. One of the contributors is a troll named “hairyfeet”. I suspect that’s just a cover for his scaly body. Only reptiles could be as cold in his comment about GROKLAW winding up:
“Good riddance, I say,” Slashdot blogger hairyfeet opined. “Groklaw frankly became ‘Boycott Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL)’ in that EVERYTHING had to be an evil plot from Redmond.”

There is a tiny element of truth under there somewhere but it underlies the larger truth that M$ leaves nothing to chance in every release of every product to ensure success in the market and dirty tricks are one of a dozen “check-boxes” on their list of things to do in the year or so before a product is released. As we have seen in Comes v M$ or US DOJ v M$, dirty tricks are business as usual for M$. It is not paranoid for PJ at GROKLAW to look for bugs under every rock because M$ is out to get everyone. That is there prime objective. It is not paranoid behaviour if they are out to get you.

If people like “hairyfeet” do not like Groklaw and Techrights‘ Boycott Novell section, then it says a lot about what harms Microsoft interests. And it probably won’t be long before this “hairyfeet” troll repeats the claim that GNU/Linux has 1% market share — a claim that even Microsoft MVP de Icaza made in USENET.

Lies About SCO

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, SCO, UNIX at 2:35 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Guess who’s still rubbing SCO’s back…

Monkey massage

Summary: How SCO’s lies about Unix ownership are being propagated by the corporate press

THE SCO club keeps deceiving. Here is the erroneous claim that SCO owns Unix even though it’s not. See the headline [1, 2] “Las Vegas-based UnXis buys Unix operating system, service contracts from bankrupt SCO Group”, which pretends they bought Unix (sounds like the trademark is at stake, as the press release contained a lie [1, 2]). And also, the same deception can be found here. Are these articles being researched for?

SCO insider Maureen O’Gara repeats the false claims from SCO: “SCO, which retains the litigation, could still present a problem if the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver gives it leave to continue prosecuting its suit against IBM for fleshing out Linux with Unix code SCO thought it bought from Novell.” IBM was not “fleshing out Linux with Unix code”. Just repeating the allegation won’t make it any more true.

The SCO boosters, including those who visit the company and spread its lies, are still at it. To be fair, these people are also those who promote Microsoft’s agenda, so there is clearly an overlap. SCO boosters, including Rob Enderle, are currently attacking Google, attacking Linux, and attacking just about every threat that exists to Microsoft’s monopoly, as usual.

SJVN says that “SCO is dead, SCO Unix lives on”:

SCO, the anti-Linux lawsuit monster is dead. There are still twitches left in the corpse in the bankruptcy court morgue, but when even Groklaw retires from the field, you know SCO’s as dead as a doornail. But, SCO’s Unix operating systems, OpenServer and UnixWare, will live on under the aegis of a new company, UnXis.

This has some people, including Pamela Jones, editor and founder of Groklaw worried that UnXis might follow in SCO’s lawsuit crazy tracks. “Targeting end users? Uh oh. That has a creepy sound, considering the heritage of SCO, if you know what I mean.”

Interestingly enough, looking at SJVN’s ZDNet blog, it is all that’s left there which covers “Open Source”, with only a handful of posts in about 10 days. ZDNet almost stopped covering FOSS after firing Dana Blankenhorn, who had parroted Microsoft Florian anyway. We are currently investigating ZDNet’s ties with Microsoft as we found something of great significance during our research. We contacted ZDNet to give it an opportunity to defend itself before it’s published.

Mono is Microsoft

Posted in GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 2:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Summary: Overlap between Mono and Microsoft is increasing and Novell helps make Microsoft stronger

Microsoft has already become a contributor to Mono. Its own code is right in there and parts of Mono are licensed under Microsoft licences. Some members of the Mono team are former Microsoft employees, who still serve Microsoft’s interests; they find Android to push their APIs into, as we explained most recently (announcements come from Novell, which was paid by Microsoft). They advocate pushing more Mono also into Linux, the kernel. Yes, that’s just the most recent example of the former Microsoft employee recommending that Linux adopts C#.

Meanwhile, the Mono team is helping Microsoft by spreading the dying Silver Lie (why be so adamant to save Microsoft’s products?) and sites that focus on this area of Microsoft’s operation indeed give credit to Mono. Mono and Moonlight are closely related, as we have explained since 2007 (back when the Mono team denied it). Well, it’s quite telling that according to Microsoft MVP de Icaza, even Mono conferences are held on Microsoft’s territories. To quote his new Monospace rave:

The event will take place at the Microsoft NERD Center.

Yes, this is where the future of Mono is being determined. Mono is Microsoft. It’s Microsoft’s benefit, it’s Microsoft’s APIs, it’s Microsoft’s patents, it’s Microsoft fans.

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